With Rosh Hashanah gone and passed and Yom Kippur quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time for some sweet challah bread. This has been on my top 26 list for a while. But when it came time to make it, I didn’t want to do the traditional challah. While quite tasty, I wanted something that had a bit more pizzazz. So I saw this recipe for harvest apple challah, from one of my favorite blogs to check out, and thought it was just right. While I always think I can improve, I think it came out pretty darn good. Next, pumpkin challah. Yummmm.
So the peanut brittle was just the start to my candy making. And as delicious as I thought the peanut brittle was, the toffee was even better. I had to beg my mother to save me a few pieces so I can take pictures of it for here. Also, it checks off another thing on my Top 26 List. It’s slowly getting checked off, but one day it’ll be done and I’ll have to start a new list! Keep reading for the almond toffee recipe….
I haven’t done so well with my new year’s resolution of cooking more regular food. I just really love baking. And regular dinners taste so good when I eat them out some place else. One thing that I do love are any form of wontons or potstickers. My favorite are crab wontons. Yummmm. So I decided I would have to make my own version for a party with a mix of meat eaters and vegetarians to see how they turn out. Despite the fact that they have no meat in them, everyone loved them (the guys especially). I even had one ask me if he could take some home with him. Of course!!!
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy New Year. I had a great time with family and friends. Now, it’s time to go back to the real world. I usually don’t do resolutions, but this year I’m making an exception because there are two things I really want to do this year.
Resolution #1 – Learn Spanish. I have Rosetta Stone for Spanish, which I had been working on. Then with moving, starting a new job and the holidays I fell behind. However, 2012 is the year of no excuses. I’m learning Spanish.
Resolution #2 – Expand my cooking to more savory, dinner items. For the most part I focus on sweets and baking. However, my dinners pretty much consist of tv dinners, sandwiches and pasta. Which is delicious, but I want to have some more yummy items on a regular basis.
Both of these I feel can be accomplished, and I’m excited to share my year of learning with all of you. What are your resolutions this year??
I’m very hard on myself about delivering at least one recipe every week. I had my recipe and instructions for how to make your bread all ready to post, until I realized that I didn’t have my picture of the final product with me.
I am currently away on business in Ohio. My pictures are currently away from me in my computer at home in California. I didn’t want to post something that wasn’t complete. So, unfortunately there will be no recipe this week.
All I can do to tease you about next week is promise that there will be a make your own bread tutorial. See you next week!
I passed the California bar exam! I’m so excited I have to share it with everyone. I’m now an official lawyer wannabe baker. What a great title!
But, in the end I guess it does have something to do with baking. When taking the test I promised myself that if I passed the bar, I would buy myself an ice cream maker. Pumpkin ice cream here I come!!
With fall in full swing, I have some delicious treats planned for the next month and a half. As a girl who grew up in a town that idolizes everything pumpkin and fall, this is easily my favorite holiday. Check out some of the recipes (in no particular order) that you’ll be seeing as soon as this week!
- Fried Pumpkin Ravioli – a treat that can be made sweet or savory (of course, I have a huge sweet tooth, so I’ll be trying the sweet)
- Pumpkin Hummus – because hummus is a gift from God and should be made regularly.
- Pecan Pie – my new pie obsession since eating the most delicious pecan pie in Sweden.
- Sweet Potato Pie – a staple that my southern grandma would make for me every year.
- Banana Bread – my first official bread making experience.
- Coffee Cake – the warm earthy feeling is perfect for fall time.
- Pumpkin Cookies – last year, prior to the beginning of my blogging, this was a hit with my friends.
- Pumpkin Ice Cream – this is the ultimate pumpkin, Half Moon Bay treat. However, my reward if I pass the bar is an ice cream maker. So hopefully I pass the bar so I can share this delicious treat with everyone!
What About Second Breakfast passed on “The Versatile Blogger” award to me!!! Thanks you very much for following my blog, and now it’s my turn to share some “interesting” facts about myself and some of my favorite blogs!
The rules after accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs. (I got lazy too and did 10) Keep Reading….
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After much reflection (and discovering lots of new recipes), I realized that it is time for me to take my baking to a new level. I really want to get into making more breads and pastries. Hopefully, I’ll be successful on at least ¾ of the recipes. The other ¼ may take a few tries, but I’m determined and one day I WILL conquer each dessert on The List.
Also, tomorrow I’ll put up my first recipe since I’ve been back: Salted Caramel Fudge Squares.